Intermediate Level Insight Meditation Course:
Refining Practice, Refining Views
In this six-week course we'll look at ways that our views of practice can be refined and extended. We'll be a small group with a maximum of 12 people, and this should provide the space for people to talk about their experiences and outlook. The course will be a mix of short talks with reflections and discussions. Each week will also have a 30 to 45 minute sitting.
Where: Yoga studio of the Heart and Soul Health Club, Level 1, 28 Willoughby Rd, Crows Nest.
When: Sunday nights, 7.00 for 7:15 - 9:00pm.
Starting 25th June, ends July 30.
Prerequisites: At least two residential retreats of 5 days or more each in the last 6 years, with one being a non Recollective Awareness retreat.
What to bring: There are chairs and blankets, but please bring your own cushion if you prefer one.
Week 1: Our sense of myth and the dharma
We'll look at views and myths we have about the dharma, as well a views and myths about ourselves. How do these manifest in our engagement with practice?
Week 2: Insight and samadhi
What sort of relationship is there between insight and samadhi? Has there been an overemphasis on focus in common notions of samadhi practice? What other considerations are there, other than focus? What sort of relationship to thoughts is helpful in samadhi practice?
Week 3: Mindfulness and the energy body
What is meant by working with the energy body? How does it differ from mindfulness practice? Getting to know ways of working with vitakka and vicara.
Week 4: Shifting views of metta and mudita
We'll look at how views of these two brahma viharas have been changing, how they can be helpful in practice and how we might find ways to work with them in a ways that suits us.
Week 5: Passion and the path
What's the place of passion in a tradition that has as it's primary image a figure of calmness? Are calmness and equanimity overemphasised as qualities to develop? Is there a risk that healthy passions get subdued?
Week 6: Emptiness
We'll explore the range of ways we fabricate and construct our world, and get some understanding of physicalism.
About the teacher
Victor von der Heyde has been practising meditation for over thirty years. He studied with a wide range of Dharma teachers in India, Nepal, the US, UK and Australia and has spent over two years in silent retreats. He has taken dharma teaching roles since the mid 1990s and has as interests in engaged Buddhist practice and helping people understand the different types of meditation so that they're in a position to choose what works for them. Victor worked for many years as a counsellor.
Standard - $100.
Concession - $70. For full time students, pensioners and unemployed.
For inquiries, contact Victor von der Heyde, victor.vdh [at] dharma.org.au, or 0427 360 500
In keeping with the 2,500 year old tradition the teachers are not paid for teaching the dharma. Dana is the practice of generosity through which we offer donations to our teachers as a sign of respect for the teaching and its value in our lives